The Office

Headquarters Address:

2000 Kraft Drive, Suite 2200
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060

Phone: 540-951-4400

Email: info at

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm (EST)
Saturday, Sunday - Closed
Call us on weekdays up until 5 PM Pacific Time

Design Nine at a glance

Design Nine provides visionary broadband network planning, design, and build out services to our clients.

We have over ninety years of combined staff experience with community telecom and Internet fiber and broadband planning, design, maintenance and management -- more than any other company in the United States. We offer a full range of broadband and Internet  planning, design, and project management expertise and start-to-finish infrastructure services. 


Design Nine is prepared to help, no matter the size of your community, or the stage of your project.

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Network Design

Design Nine can provide comparative analyses of various last mile architectures, including fiber, WiFi, WiMax, satellite, DSL, and cable modem services. This is often a place where community projects can get bogged down trying to sort out competing vendor claims, and we will help you make the right decisions for your basic network architecture.

We can identify middle mile backbone needs, design a regional fiber, wireless, or fiber/wireless hybrid backbone network, and include complete pre-engineering cost estimates. We can also work with your contractors that are unsure how to procede when encountering design obstacles.

Our broadband planning work for last mile fiber and wireless network designs typically includes:

  • Complete equipment and vendor recommendations for the core network and the distribution network.
  • Fiber route layouts down to the street and premise, including construction cost estimates, handhole and pedestal placement, location of equipment huts and fiber patch panels and splice cans, and network electronics.
  • Estimates of fiber route miles and highly detailed GIS maps of fiber and wireless routes.

Our network architecture designs include vendor and equipment recommendations, network diagrams, and accompanying system descriptions needed for grant proposals and loans. We use a team approach to the network design, and bring experienced engineering and construction firms into the design effort early in the process. Whenever possible, we prefer to partner with local firms to keep jobs and payroll in the community, and local fiber and wireless contractors can bring valuable knowledge of local conditions to the design effort.

About Design Nine, Inc.

Design Nine projects have included the award-winning nDanville municipal open network, The Wired Road open access network, New Hampshire FastRoads, Rockbridge Area Network Authority network, the City of Eagan, Minnesota open access network, and over two hundred other planning efforts for communities in more than twenty-two states, Canada, and the Caribbean. The senior leadership of Design Nine has extensive, hands-on experience designing and managing telecommunications and broadband systems.

Questions about your project? You should contact us today.